A mining resurgence has been credited for a 5 per cent jump in passenger numbers at Mount Isa Airport in the past financial year.
Final results for FY2019 show a total of 205,682 passengers passed through the gates at Mount Isa Airport during the year, compared to 195,799 in 2017/18.
Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) chief executive officer Chris Mills said the strong result in the North West came at a time when demand had been soft elsewhere.
“Passenger growth was recorded for 16 of the past 18 months,” he said.
“The increase in passenger numbers has been driven by high loads on the Brisbane-Mount Isa route, and additional capacity added on our regional routes. The last time passenger numbers reached these levels was the 2014/15 financial year.
“The results are certainly reflective of increasing activity in the resources sector, which is a positive sign for the region and comes at a time when passenger demand has been flat in other regions across Australia during the year.”
QAL owns and operates the Gold Coast, Townsville, Mount Isa and Longreach airports.
While passenger numbers rose in Mount Isa, Townsville and the Gold Coast recorded drops of 2.3 per cent and 2.4 per cent respectively.
QAL reported 33,194 passengers through Longreach last financial year compared to 33,747 the previous year.